Thanks to everyone who reads these updates from BHS Guidance! As mentioned previously, all new information and events coming up in the next week will be highlighted in red for easier reading.
Recent articles with perspective on balanced, reasonable views of college admissions:
Thinking about a summer job? Interested in pursuing an internship? Come to the College and Career Center, room 279, Thursday 4/11 during X block to learn what networking is, the importance of networking and how to network!
We hope to see you there!
Any student can join for one Tuesday or Friday lunch or become a regular. Pizza will continue at the Friday lunches only, plus time for fun conversation or space to have your own quiet lunch space. Please join us in Room 277!
It's time to think about your summer plans! Please go to the BHS Guidance website for a helpful info sheet for many ideas (updated 1/31/19). Note that programs listed here are not all inclusive and do not suggest that Brookline High specifically endorses any program. Remember to read the intro at the top of the info sheet. See your counselor for more feedback or questions!
Some suggested summer pre-college opportunities with financial aid available - http://blog.collegegreenlight.com/blog/summer-pre-college-programs-2019/ Please note that attending a pre-college program at any particular college does not usually offer any special consideration during future admissions at that school.
This week…..Wed April 10, 7pm, MA Educational Financing Authority’s (MEFA) “Paying the Bill” presentation –BHS Auditorium - Parents and seniors are invited to attend a free seminar on understanding financial aid award letters and making a plan to pay the college bill. This seminar is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college payment process, including the details of financial aid award letters, using payment plans, different financing options, and how to minimize debt. Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website — mefa.org — to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process. And make sure to bring your financial aid award letters to the seminar to get all of your questions answered after the presentation.
Missed last Tuesday 4/2 BHS Guidance Panel discussion on College Supports for students with learning issues? See the BHS Guidance website for helpful information and handouts. Look under 3/26 Upcoming Parent Nights heading. Handouts shared with thanks to the Landmark School.
Please check out the most recent Scholarship Information letter on the BHS Guidance website.
What to do if waitlisted…. See BHS Waitlist Info 2019 either attached or on the BHS Guidance website
Thinking about an alternative plan to 4 year college? You are not alone! Almost 10% of last year’s BHS graduates planned to attend a 2 year technical or community college, work full time, or considered the military. Please see Kate Cordner, the BHS Career Counselor, on Tues- Friday in Room 279 or 280 for more info.
Free/ less expensive ways to prepare for College Admissions Tests:
College Board offers eight official SAT practice tests available for free, both online and on paper - https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-testsSFMC_cid=EM122966-&rid=46930439
Just so you know, but not endorsed by BHS – Revolution Prep company offers practice SAT opportunities for students. Upcoming locations are filling up. If you think your student would like to participate, please would register ASAP!
Take a full-length practice test under timed conditions. A proctored practice exam will help your child build testing endurance and give you a real-time snapshot of their testing performance. Students will receive their scores immediately after the test via RevPrep’s scoring app! Upon registration, a Revolution Prep Advisor will schedule a score report review at a time convenient for you. During the session they will breakdown your child’s score to understand areas of strength and weakness and develop a custom preparation plan. Registration is required and seats are limited!
Upcoming Greater Boston Area Tests:
Newton Free Library, SAT Practice Exam: Saturday, April 13th, 10am – 2pm, Cost: $0 / Free - To register online: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/137972 or Contact Susan Wasser at 617.206.3370 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Winchester High School Class of 2021 Student Government Practice SAT Fundraiser: SAT Practice Exam: Saturday, April 27th, 9am – 1pm, Cost: $15 - all proceeds support WHS Class of 2021 Student Government. To register online: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/415 or Contact Susan Wasser at 617.206.3370 or email@example.com
Juniors- Researching colleges? Wondering whether to take the SAT, ACT, or go test-optional? Thinking about when you should take these tests? Make an appointment with your counselor (email or leave a note, if needed) OR see Mr Libenzon, BHS College Counselor, in College-Career Center 279 or office 280
PreACT score reports/ test booklets are now available for pick up at your counselor’s office. Please do not miss any classes to pick up your materials. Thanks!